Not sure how or who to write to?
If you are not sure how to write your complaint, you can use this Early Resolution Form (.docx).
If you are unsure who to write to, you can send your initial concerns to email@example.com and it will be redirected for you. Once your complaint has been received, the Head of Department, School or service will try to resolve the matter with you directly.
If you're not satisfied with the response that you have received from the Head of Department, School or service, then you can submit a formal complaint that will be independently reviewed.
You will need to complete a Formal Student Complaint Form (.docx) and sent it to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit it at the Student Services Hub on your campus. Unfortunately, the University does not accept anonymous complaints or complaints submitted by a third party.
Once received, your complaint will be referred to a Complaint Investigator who will arrange an appointment with you to discuss your complaint. Formal complaints normally take around 6-8 weeks to be investigated.
More information about how your complaint will be considered is available in the student concerns and complaints procedure (.pdf).
Please note that the Student Concerns and Complaints Procedure is only available for students studying at the University of Essex or have recently graduated. Students studying at Partner Institutions should contact their education provider directly.
Advice and support
SU Advice provides independent advice, support and guidance and representatives are permitted to accompany students to meetings at any stage of the complaints procedure.
The complaints procedure is an internal process and does not have the same degree of formality as a court of law. It is not normally permitted for students to be legally represented at investigative meetings that form part of the complaints procedure.
If you have received the outcome of your complaint and you remain dissatisfied with the outcome, you may be able to request an Internal Review. An Internal Review is not a re-investigation of your complaint, but may be requested for:
- A review of the procedures that have previously been followed
- Consideration of whether the outcome of the complaint investigation was reasonable in all the circumstances
- Consideration of new material evidence that you were unable, for valid reasons, to provide earlier in the process
To request an Internal Review, please complete an internal review form (.docx) and send it to email@example.com by the deadline provided to you.
Once an Internal Review has been completed, you will be entitled to ask the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), the independent ombudsman service of last resort, to look at your complaint.
Full details of the Internal Review procedure, and of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, are provided in the student concerns and complaints procedure (.pdf) and will be provided to in writing at the completion of the formal complaint investigation.